Well I just spotted this forum and did some reading for the past few hours. I am a senior at my university and work for the school writing consultation department. I have been using my "ultimate g4" as the apple store guy called it from 2005. 15" 100g Hd, 1.67 ghz, 2 gig ram, 128mb vram My problem is that with the graduate classes I will be attending plus the new software at the writing center I will be needing to have windows with me but I am all too familiar with pc troubles having built an AMD 64 tower from scratch for 800 then selling it for 400 3 months later cuse I got tired of dealing with viruses and the upkeep on the pos. The apple store here in houston galleria got me a pretty knowledgeable guy to speak with and I've set my sights on the macbookpro. Herein lie my questions: 1- I need the intel chip to run one of the newer pc emulators, from what I understood bootcamp over parallels is the better way to go why is this? 2-I need HD space - lots of it but 200gig at only 4200 rpm will piss me off. -----So: I'm going with the 160@7200rpm, I am curious with the new slot on the MBPs - to my understanding I can connect an external HD and have my 100 gig of music on it and play it through iTunes seemlessly, how do I do that cuse then the 160 gig will be fine 3- Yes this is a desktop replacement, I have considered selling my old g4 powerbook to purchase one of the intel iMacs as well for my fiancé to use, but I am still under the 3 year warranty til May of 2008 so will wait til then to do any such thing. 4-Do the 15s really get that hot, what can I do to minimize this? I am at school 8am-6pm 5 days a week, and if I'm not using the mac I have a large assortment of consoles in my living room for necessary time wasting. I'll be using the laptop for note taking in classes, keynote presentations, a few new software apps that I don't know of yet for the applied classes in battle simulation...I don't wanna look like a dumbass with a 17" screen if possible yanno? portability and power is why ive decided on the 15" 2.4ghz and to me I consider it to be the flagship mbp, just want it to last Let me know if I'm looking at this the right way going with the 15" and can somebody explain how I can seemlessly run my music off an external HD with the macbookPro?